Today's offering showcases this superior automatic IWC powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 8541B movement and with classic and timeless 18K case.
This mechanism's automatic winding system is a technical masterpiece, earning it high praise - Gisbert Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli in their work, Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets, proclaimed the 85x series "one of the best automatic movements ever built in Switzerland."
And the famous watchmaker Donald de Carle, in his book Complicated Watches and their Repair, stated that IWC's special automatic winding mechanism was "a simple and ingenious system, well constructed and beautifully finished."
IWC built this watch in 1971 at the same they were building their famous Ingenieur line and with equipped it with the same movement. These dress watches are more elegant than the pragmatic Ingenieur but share similar high-performance timekeeping qualities in normal wearing conditions. And compared to an Ingenieur, because they do not have a second inner back, the cases are thinner and lighter on the wrist.
At 35mm in diameter, it is in between the sizes of a Rolex Date and a Rolex Datejust.
It is in beautiful original condition, fully original down to the dial, hands, and original fish signed crown. The untouched dial is just short of mint.
Our watchmaker has just freshly serviced the movement. For the finishing touch we have installed a new Teju lizard band with the watch's IWC buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 2,069,316
Year movement built: 1971
Model: Ref. 1818
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds, Date
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 35mm wide (without crown), 41mm lugs tip-to-tip
Case condition: Pleasing original condition with light signs of polishing
Dial: Silver, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes, outer minute track, original and untouched, just short of mint condition
Hands: Original, gold batons
Jewels: 21 rubies
Band: Genuine Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with original gold-plated IWC buckle. Note: A new band will be installed before shipping that is slightly larger so it properly fills the gap between the lugs.
Width between lugs: 17mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, original/vintage, excellent condition with light wear, mostly only visible under magnification. Please inquire if you would like a brand new one installed.
Movement: IWC caliber 8541, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
Serviced: Yes, freshly cleaned and oiled.
Timed: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price. Simply notify us and send it back anytime within 14 days after it has been received. Our goal is to exceed your expectations throughout the buying experience. View our feedback and shop with confidence.
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.